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OF THE

GEORGIA

HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

VOL. I.

NON SIBI, SED ALUS.

SAVANNAH:
PRINTED FOR THE SOCIETY.

MDCCCXL.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1840, by William B. Stkvehs, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Boston:
Fkeeman And Bolles, Printers,
Washington Street.

INTRODUCTION.

The subject of publishing a volume of Collections, early claimed the attention of the Georgia Historical Society, and the first proper opportunity has been improved to present it to the public.

At the regular meeting of the Society, Dec. 9, 1839, a Committee of five was appointed "to ascertain what materials were in its possession for the publication of a volume relating to the History of Georgia, and upon the expediency of publishing the same." That Committee reported at a meeting of the Board of Managers, on the 24th February, 1840, and their views were, after one amendment, unanimously adopted. The Report urged the immediate issue of a volume, and recommended the articles in the list of Contents to constitute the collection.

The second article, is said by Nichols, in his Literary Anecdotes, vol. xi., p. 19, to have been from the pen of General Oglethorpe. As the production of the illustrious founder of Georgia it will ever command an attentive perusal, and though the gorgeous, and Utopian descriptions he gives of these provinces, have ceased to influence the visionary and the avaricious, yet it is interesting to behold the medium through which he viewed his darling project, and the means by which he prosecuted his designs.

Mr. Moore, who wrote the "Voyage to Georgia," which constitutes the third article, came hither as store-keeper to the settlement at Frederica; and his journal is a plain and faithful narrative of the daily events of the southern portion of the colony, as they passed under his own observation. His description of the settlement, and military defence of Frederica on St. Simons, is very minute and authentic. He lifts the curtain upon the opening acts of hostility with the

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